About half a year ago I discovered that Bonnie was losing her hearing. Having straightened out some health problems of mine, I had gone back to training her, with great hope and enthusiasm thinking that this year we would really make a come back in trials. As soon as I started actually training, I hit a brick wall and realized I had a big problem that had started actually probably 2 years ago, I realized later. Some kind people (including some from these boards) helped me confirm my suspicions that the problem was hearing loss.
Since I realized the problem I started observing Bonnie and have made some observations. I would like to write about this in Polish, and I would be grateful if you would share your observations, so that I can quote you later. I am talking about early hearing loss.
Bonnie still can hear, but not well. But the thing that has become apparent is that this loss has also to do with the ability to process sound. Her biggest loss is in flanks: she often can hear the command but she can't seem to understand it, and her execution seems actually random. For other commands this is also happening.
She also appears sometimes altogether confused about the world. She responds very well to visual clues, and it is then that I can she the exuberant enthusiastic Bonnie of old.
Bonnie never really took to the whistle, and now she hears it, but I don't think she can process it.
Have you noticed odd things related to early hearing loss? (I put this question here because I would like to hear mostly from people with working dogs.)